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Pritzker pumps $146M of his cash into Illinois governor bid

Oct. 17, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker is showing no reluctance to pour his own money to unseat multimillionaire Republican Bruce Rauner from the Illinois governor's office. New state campaign reports show Pritzker has pumped $146.5 million into his campaign. Pritzker's self-funding and $50...

2 sheriff's deputies wounded by gunfire in Joliet

Oct. 17, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say two sheriff's deputies were wounded by gunfire while trying to enter a house in Joliet as part of a drug investigation. Will County sheriff Deputy Chief Dan Jungles says the two officers were treated at a hospital and released following the Tuesday night shooting....

Video shows Chicago cop shooting unarmed black autistic teen

Oct. 17, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Surveillance video released by a civilian oversight agency shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black teenager in an incident the police department initially described as an armed confrontation. The grainy video released Tuesday by the Civilian...

Doctor who dispensed drugs for sex sentenced to prison

Oct. 17, 2018 5:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois physician who pleaded guilty last year to charges of illegally dispensing opioids and other prescription medications in exchange for money or sex has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. The U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago says in a news release that Dr....

Mental fitness trial for man who locked daughter in basement

Oct. 17, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who, with his wife, confined their daughter to their basement faces a jury trial to determine whether he is mentally fit for further legal proceedings. Randy Swopes of Waukegan is charged with child endangerment and unlawful restraint for keeping his 10-year-old...

Peoria County to dedicate new war memorial

Oct. 16, 2018 10:49 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois county is unveiling a new memorial to honor local veterans who've died in conflicts since World War II. The Peoria Journal-Star reports the formal dedication of the "Final Salute" memorial is scheduled for Saturday in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. The memorial...

Getaway driver gets 15 years in central Illinois robbery

Oct. 16, 2018 10:49 PM EDT

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for serving as the getaway driver in an armed robbery of a central Illinois cellphone store. A Tuesday statement from Springfield's U.S. attorney's office says a federal judge in Urbana also ordered that Randy Williams of...

Video shows 2017 shooting of unarmed autistic man by police

Oct. 16, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Video released Tuesday by a civilian oversight agency shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting an unarmed, autistic man during an incident initially described as an armed confrontation. Sgt. Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes as he walked on the city's South Side....

$3M settlement reached over missing stop sign in fatal crash

Oct. 16, 2018 9:03 PM EDT

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois county has agreed to a $3 million settlement with the family of a pregnant woman who was killed in a crash at a rural intersection where a stop sign was missing. The May 2013 crash near the Stephenson County village of German Valley happened when 32-year-old Sarah...

After 2016 hack, Illinois says election system secure

Oct. 16, 2018 7:39 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials assured voters Tuesday that their Nov. 6 tallies "will be securely counted" following a data breach that's part of the Justice Department's investigation of Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Board of Elections Chairman William Cadigan and a group of state and...